Cutting your losses with late season deer hunting

Cutting your losses with late season deer hunting

Fishing and Hunting Southeast Texas By Capt. Bill Watkins

Cutting your losses with late season deer hunting

Photo Courtesy/Marek Szturc

Late season deer in Newton County always retreat to a dense thicket where there is no human traffic. The rut is basically over and there is no reason for bucks or any deer for that matter to be roaming around. If there is ample food and water there is no reason to wander. By late December human pressure dictates hiding out. Unless something moves the deer from their thicket bedrooms they just stay put. If you happen to have your stand location in one of these sweet spots you will see deer but it will usually be the same deer every day. My friend Mike Rachal happens to be in one of these deer bedroom communities. Almost like clockwork the same seven deer show up at his feeder at Five pm, give or take ten minutes and hang out until nearly dark. The trouble is that they were all doe except one nubbin buck and a scrawny six point. For the last two weeks Mike sees those deer, give or take one or two. He finished his last day of rifle season this past Sunday and all the players were there but no shooter bucks. On my three stands the situation is reversed. I see no deer. In the last eight mornings or evenings I only saw one big bodied deer (sex unknown because it never came out of the brush).

 

 

 

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